May Half-term in London


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Get ready for a week of family fun in London during the May half-term holiday 2017 (also known as summer half-term).

Plan your May school holiday break with our guide to the top things to do during half-term in London. Discover family-friendly museums, half-term activities and kids' shows, and take the children outdoors to London's parks and playgrounds on a sunny day.

May Half-term Events in London

•Spot a life-size bear, hippo and giraffe made out of grass in WWT London Wetland Centre's Grass Animal Zoo, before exploring the nature reserve. 27 May-4 Jun

•Celebrate London’s trees and woodlands this half-term with walks, trails and storytelling for all the family during London Tree Week. 27 May-4 Jun

•Explore the city's past with one-day-only events and displays on London History Day. 31 May

•Pack a picnic and head to Hampton Court Palace to see Britain’s most gruesome characters brought to life in an open-air performance of Horrible Histories. 27 May-3 Jun

•Learn about the world's toughest and most shocking animals with interactive half-term show Gruesome Nature Live! at ZSL London Zoo. 27 May-4 Jun

•Take The Sailor’s Challenge aboard Cutty Sark to prove that you have what it takes to join the crew. 29 May-4 Jun

•Help Make the Future by finding and testing out ideas for a lower-carbon world with free games, shows and music at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 25-28 May

•Learn how to be a superhero like Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup with free afternoon activities at the pop-up Powerpuff Girls Emporium at 15 Bateman Street in Soho. 1-3 Jun

•Discover surprising facts about Victoria and Albert, and explore the Victorian classroom and East End Kitchen for free at the Ragged School Museum. 31 May-1 Jun

•Move and dance to the sounds of the city at London Transport Museum. 27 May-4 Jun

•Look out for more kids' half-term activities at London’s attractions and children's museums during the school holiday.

Family Attractions in London

•Step inside a tropical house filled with fluttering butterflies and study them more closely with Sensational Butterflies at the Natural History Museum. Until Sep

•Enter the world of jellyfish at SEA LIFE's new experience Ocean Invaders, plus design your own invader with craft activities this half-term.

•See toys dating back to the 1600s at the free V&A Museum of Childhood.

•Discover Harry Potter's Forbidden Forest in Warner Bros. Studio Tour's new expansion and explore more Harry Potter locations in London.

•See your favourite superheroes made entirely out of LEGO at The Art of the Brick. Until Sep

•Find out what forces shape you as you determine your Star Wars identity at The O2. Until Sep

•Tick off the capital's top attractions, from the Science Museum to Madame Tussauds.

•Have fun for less with free things to do with kids in London this summer half-term.

Kids' Outdoors Activities during Summer Half-term

•Climb into royal towers and hunt for mythical creatures in Hampton Court Palace’s Magic Garden.

•Spot life-size dinosaurs hiding between the trees of Crystal Palace Park.

•Embark on a tree-top adventure at Go Ape Battersea this half-term.

•Hire a pedalo or rowing boat in Hyde Park or Regent’s Park.

•Make the most of sunny days with more things to do outdoors in London.

Half-term Children's Shows in London

•Enjoy comedy and magic shows specially designed for kids at Underbelly Festival. Until Sep

•Watch a spectacular adaptation of Disney’s classic stories with Aladdin and The Lion King on the West End stage.

•Follow the adventures of orphan Annie in one of London’s newest musicals.

•Take a look at what’s on in one of London’s theatres for children.

•Find more kids' shows in London.

Where to Stay and Where to Eat with Kids in London

•Enjoy special children’s menus and activities in a top London family restaurant.

•Grab a cheap bite in an inexpensive eatery this May half-term.

•Treat the family to a memorable meal at a top quirky restaurant.

•Complete your half-term break with a stay in a family-friendly hotel in London.

•Or book a self-catering apartment for more flexibility during the school holidays.

•Locate the best areas to stay with children in London.

For more family day out ideas this half-term, take a look at our guide to London for kids, including our roundups of 101 things to do with children and with teenagers.

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